San Diegan Turns Cyber Bullying into Modeling Career

By Edward Henderson

San Diego based model Salem Mitchell loves her freckles. They dance across her face like tiny brown constellations, giving her a distinct look that sets her apart from the crowd. Unfortunately, the things that make us unique can also make us targets of bullying from others who don’t understand the beauty in them.

Mitchell first gained interest in modeling while attending the San Diego School for Creative and Performing Arts. Her classmates taking photography classes would often ask her to be a subject for their projects. After posting some of the photos on her Instagram page, she started to build a following. However, some of the attention she was getting was based on jokes about her freckles.  

“I got popular on social media mostly by people making fun of me,” said Mitchell. “I have a lot of freckles,

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